'Dancing for Arizona's Children' event supports foster care

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The number of kids in Arizona's foster care system has skyrocketed in the last few years. In fact, more than 19,000 children are now in out-of-home care. In order to give these kids the care they need, it's important to to address the family issues that create these situations of abuse and neglect.

Introducing the "Dancing for Arizona's Children" Celebrity Dance Challenge. Local celebrity dancers and community leaders will perform in a "Dancing with the Stars"-style event to raise funds for Arizona's Children Association life-changing programs.

One of those dancers is our own Ashlee DeMartino!

The family-friendly dancing event will also incorporate a number of youth dancers and their stories, as well as provide introductions to youth who are currently in foster care and are available for adoption  looking for their forever families!

All funds raised will go to Arizona's Children Association's "Strengthening Families" Fund, which goes directly to support foster care, kinship, and adoption programs.

If you are supporting a particular dancer, please visit their page to buy a ticket, purchase a sponsorship, or cast your vote.

The dancers include:

Ashlee DeMartino, Weather Anchor, CBS 5 & 3TV
Senator Katie Hobbs, State Senator, 24th District
J.D. Hill, Former NFL Wide Receiver
Kara Washington, Mrs. Arizona International 2015
Adrian Williams-Strong, Former WNBA Player              
Peter Sullivan, General Manager, University of Phoenix Stadium              
Brittany Reiner, Assistant Attorney General
Margaret Dunn, CEO, Dunn Transportation
David Gulino, Principal, Land Development Services              
Eileen Rogers, Principal, Allegra Marketing & Print 
Vernon Harris, Unit Chief Counsel, Office of the Attorney General
Holley Duffey-Stacy, VP, Johnson Bank & Arizona's Children Board Chair
Cynthia Ceasar, Dependency Attorney, Office of the Public Advocate
Robert Casey, Dependency Attorney, Office of the Public Advocate
Iller Hardy, Attorney at Law
Jenilee Valeros, Assistant Attorney General
Diana Theos, Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, Diana Theos, P.L.L.C.
Dean Mowry and Nancy Mowry

The event takes place December 5, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel  
Registration & Reception 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Brunch Celebration starts at 10 a.m.

To support a dancer or learn more, visit: http://www.arizonaschildren.org/index.php/dfac

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